Dec. 16, 2010

Déjà vu: Union Drive will close again

by Erin Rosacker

Route map

In a repeat performance, the stretch of Union Drive between Sheldon Avenue and Bissell Road will close to vehicle and pedestrian traffic for three weeks. The shutdown begins Monday, Dec. 20, to take advantage of lighter traffic during winter break. Construction crews will continue work on the skywalk between Beyer Hall and the new recreation addition to State Gym.

Robert Ebel, construction manager in facilities planning and management, said Union Drive should reopen Jan. 10.

Fencing will close off the area, including the north and south sidewalks along Beyer. The south doors of the Thielen Student Health Center will be open, but pedestrian access will be available only from the north and west. The southeast entrance to Beyer also will be accessible.

Access to the parking area near Thielen (Lot 2) is available from Sheldon Avenue. The parking area at the Union Drive Community Center (Lot 59B) is open from the east on Union Drive.

CyRide rerouted

The road closure will impact CyRide service on the Red (No. 1), Green (No. 2) and Purple (No. 7) routes. The reroutes will close all bus stops on Union between Sheldon and Bissell; the Green and Purple along Bissell (south of Osborn Drive); and the westbound Red stops south of Osborn on Union and Welch Road.

The westbound Red route will be redirected south along Sheldon (via Bissell to Pammel Drive) to West Street, while the eastbound Red bus will go south on Sheldon to Lincoln Way before turning north on Welch. The Purple and Green routes will be diverted from Bissell to Sheldon and Pammel.